After a devastating fire in March 2022 this beautiful pub has now reopened and the attention to detail with the re-build has been second to none. Key aspects such as the pub’s historic chimney being removed and rebuilt brick by brick, and the discovery of the original brick flooring in the bar, old fireplaces and more beautiful oak beams.

The Axe celebrates the country pub feel with comfy and cosy corners, large open fires in the winter and a comfortable terrace area for sunny days.

The Axe & Compasses, in Arkesden, is 5 miles South West of the market town of Saffron Walden. It is one of the  finest examples of a Traditional Country Pub and restaurant and is a popular stop amongst both locals and tourists visiting the county of Essex.

The  combination of a family run business, friendly atmosphere and exceptional food has been the key to our success at The Axe and Compasses for more than 30 years.

Read more about The Axe & Compasses here.


Tel: +441799550272


High St
Saffron Walden
CB11 4EX